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The morning after buying a home is kind of surreal. Oh, and incredibly exhausting. Plan on spending every waking hour working to make your new house a home. And honestly, it would make sense for every employer to just give a few days vacation allocated to the “new home” chapter in life because even if you are at work, you are not “at work”; you are thinking of seventeen ways you could rearrange the chest 0f drawers in your second bedroom.
month year of being a homeowner brought about several discoveries. Most of which revolved around the fact that my money tree never really took off. And also that I was poor. Shocker.
Here are the top five items you should definitely have going in to your new home. You’re welcome.
You will thank me for this. My advice is when you go to closing you should have 3 things: your cashier’s check, a blue pen, and toilet paper. You think I’m joking? Because I’m not. Here’s the scenario: you close on your house, get the keys, drive to the new place, start unpacking…suddenly you have to go to the bathroom. Seems harmless, right? I mean your new house obviously has a toilet. Well just wait until you realize that the previous homeowner took the toilet paper.
Ziploc bags & Saran Wrap
I generally HATE Saran wrap. It’s too complicated to use and it always sticks to itself. But, the first day of being in your new home will probably consist of eating to-go food, pizza, and easy things that don’t require you finding that box of pots and pans. You will need both of these things to cover up your food until you eat it again in 4 hours. Also, if you are anything like me, you will be too afraid to spend even a penny for a while so leftovers are going to be ESSENTIAL to living. Portion carefully. Plus, saran is great if you plan on painting. You can wrap the brush in plastic and keep it in your refrigerator overnight until you start painting again the next day and the brush won’t get crusty.
Unless you built a brand spankin’ new house, or unless you are just gross, you will want to give your new house a fresh cleaning. Even if the sellers swear up and down that they cleaned – DO IT ANYWAY. Do you really want to set your toothbrush on the bathroom counter?? Cooties. Clorox. It. All.
I promise it’s going to happen: several boxes into your unpacking you are going to realize that all of the things you packed up aren’t all that important. This will mostly be due to delirium, but just go with it while you can. Less to dust in the future!
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, if WD-40 can’t fix it, throw it away! This will be the best thing you ever have in your house. Squeaky hinge? WD-40. Rusty bolts? WD-40. Annoying neighbor? WD-40…I’m totally kidding. But really, this is the stuff dreams are made of! It will definitely come into handy.
Add these things to your shopping cart, throw in some ketchup and wine and you’re set for the first week!
Once you get settled in, you will slowly start accumulating what you need over time. I’m incredibly OCD so it was really difficult for me to get past this. Go into this realizing that there will be things you won’t have right away.
You don’t need a rug under your kitchen sink right away. Ugly shower curtain? Oh well. Using a card table in your dining room for a while? No biggie…I mean, my dad used empty wire spools as coffee tables and chairs in his first apartment.
Remember, you just bought a house! You and your ugly shower curtain and old card table are winners!
Until next time,
Kyla Cmajdalka, REALTOR ®